Pittsburgh-based comic John Dick Winters and standup specialist Mathilde “Tig” O’Callaghan Notaro have one thing in common: a dislike for Louis C.K.
Winters wrote a column for the Pittsburgh Current about the controversial comedian and backed out of a Comedy Cellar gig in August after Louis C.K. was added to the lineup.
“One thing I take incredibly seriously as someone who books upwards of 200 shows a year at my own venue and comedy festival, is not working with people who are f**king creeps,” he wrote. “There are a lot of them out there, lemme tell ya, at all levels of comedy. It’s one thing to have these progressive, liberal beliefs but they mean literally zero if you won’t act on them when needed.
“As a straight white guy who has some power in my field, I take my role as an ally seriously. I want my shows to be a comfortable place for women, PoC, LGBTQ, and anyone else to perform,” added Winters. “In the past, I’ve shut down shows, banned comedians and stood my ground as far as drawing a line in the sand concerning who I will and will not work with.”
Louis C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. The disgraced comedian has admitted to several of the allegations.
“It’s a common complaint I hear on the independent comedy community, especially from women, about these folks who produce and book shows that let f**king creeps perform,” Winters added. “These producers talk a big progressive game, saying all the right things and knowing all the buzzwords, and then let scumbags do their show because they don’t want to create any waves.”
“I’m definitely not a perfect person, I have my own demands and have been called out, rightfully so, for my own mistakes,” he admitted. “But I won’t let that hinder me from doing whatever I can to stop this bulls**t whenever possible.”
Fellow comedian Notaro praised Dick on Facebook for his candour and offered him a slot at one of her upcoming shows in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Winters accepted.